Attempted Murder Charges Filed in Shooting at LAPD Station

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A security guard who had hoped to become a Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly opening fire inside an LAPD division lobby earlier this week.


LAPD investigators remained on scene after the shooting at the West Traffic Division on April 7, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Daniel Christoph Yealu, 29, a Palms-area resident, remained hospitalized after the Monday shooting, which left one unidentified desk officer with multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers in the lobby of the West Traffic Division in Mid-City returned fire, hitting Yealu.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said it was a miracle that the officer, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, survived.

Police said the wounded officer was doing well and was “in good spirits.”

He was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer with gun allegations, according to the Lso Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

A cache of firearms and ammunition was found at Yealu’s home and in his car, police said.

Yealu held an expired license to work as a security guard and carry a firearm, state records show. He had applied to work for the LAPD but was rejected, a police commander has said.

Prosecutors planned to request that bail for Yealu be set at $3.3 million, according to the DA’s office.

His arraignment date was not yet set.